Dynamical diffraction of x rays at grazing angle

Terrence Jach*, P. L. Cowan, Qun Shen, M. J. Bedzyk

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We present details of the theory and experimental observation of dynamical diffraction of x rays at grazing angle from crystal planes normal to a surface. We are able to associate different features of the specularly reflected and diffracted-reflected beam fluxes with the contributions from the and branches of the dispersion surfaces. The theory predicts surface propagation modes to which internal and external beams can couple only through the diffraction process. An experiment is described in which the specularly reflected and reflected-diffracted beams were simultaneously observed for 8-keV x rays incident on germanium. The agreement with first-order theory is good, but we observe systematic deviations. We present calculations that illustrate how eigenstates of the wave fields, which are x-ray standing waves with nodal planes normal to the surface of the crystal, can be used to obtain atomic registration at a surface or interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5739-5747
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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